Replacing an air conditioner and furnace at the same time is a big investment. However, updating both systems ensures that the air conditioner performs at peak efficiency. This creates a dilemma when the central cooling system reaches the end of its lifespan in 15 to 20 years and the average furnace lasts somewhere between 15 to 30 years. If you’re struggling with this decision in Mt. Morris, we encourage you to contact your local Bryant Contractors for helpful recommendations.

Should You Replace Your AC & Furnace at the Same Time

A split air conditioner is composed of the outdoor unit (containing the condenser coil and compressor) and the indoor unit (containing the evaporator coil and air handler/blower). A blower is used to move conditioned air throughout the home and is necessary to produce proper airflow and achieve the rated efficiency from the evaporator coil. The blower or fan is normally part of the furnace. The only way to guarantee your new air conditioner performs at its best is to replace the heating system at the same time.

You’ll want to replace the air conditioner and furnace at the same if:

  • The furnace is over 15 years old
  • You’re installing a high-efficiency air conditioner with a 16 or higher SEER
  • The installation process is complex
  • You’d like to avoid repairs and system replacement in the near future

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